Fred : The Definitive Biography of Fred Dibnah Paperback
by David Hall
"Fred Dibnah's World" celebrates the life and work of Britain's best known steeplejack and national treasure, Fred Dibnhah.
Before his death in 2004, Fred presented many popular series, including "Magnificent Monuments", "The Age of Steam" and "Made in Britain", all of which attracted viewers in their millions. "Fred" is the companion to the 12-part "BBC2" series celebrating the life of this great man, which combines highlights from some of Dibnah's classic programmes with previously unseen footage.
The book can of course go much further than the series, including an extraordinarily account of Fred's childhood which evokes a lost England and our great industrial heritage.
Fred's passion for the glories of the Victorian age and his fascination with the landscape he grew up in, plus his admiration for the craftsmen and labourers who made it all possible, captivate us on every page.
Fred is the personification of everything that made England great in the first place. And this is a glorious tribute to a man whom millions came to love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages, Illustrations (Chiefly in col.), ports. (chiefly in col.)
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/2007
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780552154888
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Review by edwardsgt
An affectionate and very informative biography of Britain's best-loved steeplejack, who died in 2004 just after he collected his MBE. David Hall directed the much-loved last series of Fred Dibnah BBC documentaries which brought Britain's industrial archeology to life. A must-read for anyone who has ever seen Fred Dibnah, read anything about him or has an interest in Britain's rich industrial history, which he brought to life and ensured it wasn't forgotten.